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Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.5
4.5
647 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sonoma Cellar is a new California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Offering an authentic California wine tasting experience, Sonoma Cellar will feature hand-selected wines from 180+ Sonoma County boutique wineries and 20+ Virginia-based wineries where guests have the opportunity to taste a number of varietals from these robust growing regions. Sonoma Cellar’s bistro menu will feature freshly prepared craft foods, designed to pair with the wines, and the gift shop will also carry a variety of distinctive wine-related merchandise.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Lee Street

  • Parking details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 647 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Notable Wine List

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

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  1. SM

    ShenethaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food was delicious!!! I highly recommend going there!!!
  2. AJ

    AndreaJ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and very nice private dining room for out large group. Thanks for everything!
  3. A

    Abcd

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the mangosa and mimosa pitchers!! The bartender was so nice and also made a great Bellini which wasn’t too sweet. Only 4 stars for food instead of 5 because they were out of a couple items, and 4 instead of 5 on service because they brought our entrees out when we were still pretty deep in the apps after we requested not to, but next time I’ll just order entrees after finishing the apps. The charcuterie/cheese app and the burrata/prosciutto apps are extremely generous and come with perfectly toasted and buttered baguette slices. I didn’t feel anything was overpriced. The atmosphere for brunch is bright and welcoming, 10/10 will come back!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! Highly recommend if you're looking for a semi-casual dinner in Old Town. Service was impeccable!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance an you can sit outside. Found was casual good
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! As always! Thanks to Jose and team!
  7. KT

    KateT

    Washington DC

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Sonoma Sellars because we are planning a trip there in October - boy we came to the right place! Stephanie was a fount of information because she had lived there before (and recently). We tasted 3 bottles of wine (there were 7 of us) that she recommended based on what we told her about our wine preferences. Each one was delicious! We shared a charcuterie board and shrimp avocado toast - both got our appetites ready for our lunch - everyone enjoyed what they ordered from an omelet to a turkey burger to fish tacos!
  8. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sonoma Cellar is one of the few places in Old Town with a private patio. Service is friendly and attentive. Food is decent and wines are great. It's pricey but so is almost every place on King Street.
  9. CC

    CheriC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Went for Alexandria restaurant week menu, good selection and great main courses. Bizarre ambiance with a cigar club randomy overtaking the patio. Service felt rushed and impersonal, but friendly. Lovely wine for a good price.
  10. p

    paulettef

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food served in a laid-back California environment. Great wine selection!
  11. JS

    JulieS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find -- we lunched during a relatively quiet weekday but can't wait to come back for dinner. Attentive service, delicious food and a excellent wine list. They know what they're doing!
  12. CC

    CaroleC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was pretty slow. child's party in the next room was loud and definitely affected the ambiance. Food, however, was very good.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, quick service. Fixed price for restaurant week was perfect.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  15. RW

    RestaurantWeek2022

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Unfortunately, because we went during restaurant week it was pretty busy. That being said, they were able to fit us in for a table early. It was a little awkward doing so and they called me later asking why I hadn’t made my other reservation (originally reservation was 8:30pm and we came at 7pm), so I had to remind them I was there earlier. The food selections sounded good but were terribly subpar. Sadly, the gnocchi was very salty and the gazpacho had way too many onions. My friends’ fish was mushy and the servers didn’t really bare in mind when food should arrive at the table. For example, dessert and the main course came right after the other when we were still working on the previous meals. Overall, for the price, it wasn’t worth it I am sorry to say.
  16. NA

    NickA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot for a date night. The back patio is quiet with good ambience. Excellent service.
  17. RM

    RayM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Love the outdoor seating area and wine list. Service was slow and our order was slightly messed up but it had already taken so long that we just rolled with it. We went back the next day and service was still slow, we waited for our check to be picked up for over 20 minutes. Eventually I just walked it in myself. Still, just don't be in a rush when you come here and you'll be fine.
  18. RM

    RedMiniNOVA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent little California-focused wine bar with great food in the heart of Old Town. If they recommend it, try it. The salmon crostini was lovely. Sit at the bar and make new friends.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Arrived on time for reservation. Place was not particularly busy, in fact we were the only ones in the upstairs dining room. It was 34 minutes before we saw any wait staff… and that was after we asked another patron to send us a waiter if they saw one. Waiter arrived and said, “Anything to drink? Any questions about the menu?” That’s it. We went ahead and ordered. The food runners brought out food fairly promptly, but it was almost an hour from our time of order until the next check in by wait staff. And that wasn’t our waiter… it was another older waiter that I think noticed the irritation on my face and made an effort to check in. No poker face here, and good on him for noticing and taking action. I’m usually a solid tipper, but in this case I tipped $15 on a $125 tab … and literally felt like I was being robbed for leaving that much. Overall, the service was an absolute fail. The restaurant left it in the hands of the kitchen to save the night. The food was completely acceptable. Commiserate with the price point, but definitely lacked the “wow” to save the service. The wines I had were interesting, but I felt 10% overpriced for what they were. And to be honest maybe that’s because both myself and the people in the adjoining small dining room had to talk about just grabbing a bottle and pouring our own… glasses were just staying empty way too long. Too many places in Old Town with similar options and better service to recommend this place. Hopefully it improves, it was a nice space with great people watching from the upstairs window.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the customer service.
  21. JM

    JudyM

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Friends birthday
  22. T

    Tammy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was really good but they shouldn't seat people upstairs when it's 90's degrees outside. The upstairs of the restaurant doesn't have A/C so it was very hot and uncomfortable but we tried to make the best out of it. The wait staff was very pleasant and accommodating.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Food subpar and slow service.
  24. J

    Jean

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch in a nice outdoor space in Old Town. Highly recommend!
  25. J

    Jacob

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was great, food was amazing, waiter was awesome! Unfortunately, the host, didn’t get his name, was extremely rude and made us feel awkward. If he’s unhappy with his job then maybe he should find something that would make him happy…
  26. GP

    GwennP

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Sonoma Cellar to celebrate our wedding anniversary and couldn't be happier with our choice! Our server was attentive and the courses were evenly paced, the perfect temperature and beautifully plated.
  27. V

    Viv122

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was our last dinner in Alexandria. Their menu seemed right up our alley and the 30% off a wine bottle sealed the deal. We enjoyed our apps and entrees and a great bottle of wine. We sat out in the back patio and enjoyed the evening.
  28. BA

    BarbA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The only disturbance were the flies at our window table! We killed one, haha
  29. KK

    KenK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very flavorful dishes, quaint outside courtyard, fantastic service, and of course, great wines (with thoughtful advice on what suits our taste) - love SoCel - thank you!!
  30. MM

    MikeM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. We had salmon and the "surf and surf". Good pieces of fish and perfectly cooked. Good sides as well. we sat in the back garden with our dog. Very casual/nice. Other diners were nice as well. Our waiter somehow forgot to put our order in, so it was quite delayed. Management took care of that with a discount. I would definitely go back. This place was a very pleasant surprise as we were in old town on a busy night and were looking for something a little quieter than the main part of Main Street.
  31. CA

    CheyenneA

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was amazing. The food for fantastic and the vibe was everything that this weekend called for. However, my absolute favorite part was our server Scott. Attentive, great suggestions, and super personable.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a good experience. Food is good. Staff is friendly. I wish they would play soft music outside.
  33. G

    Gogrady

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Father’s Day
  34. H

    Hungry

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The hangover burger is just the best and they cook things exactly as you ask. Wonderful little restaurant with GREAT food no matter what you order. Never disappoints
  35. JS

    JSH4

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Good wine list adequate service. Nothing special
  36. RD

    RickieD

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome hangar steak. Sides were outstanding. We'll be back
  37. k

    kimberlyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine tasting is always superb, along with phenomenal service and great ambience. Food is delicious, they offer gluten free and vegan options, such as salads and vegetarian (black bean and avocado) tacos, which are outstanding. Prices are great too!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated upstairs and enjoyed how quiet it was. I had the strawberry salad with shrimp and a glass of Cabernet and it was all fabulous.
  39. SC

    SamanthaC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in Old Town! Super cute atmosphere, great food, great wine and great service!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The experience was good. On the reservation you should state it is a 2hour limit instead of placing cards on the table and running away. Also, when sitting outside it would be great to have some music playing like some of the other restaurants in the area.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 566-9867.

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria is rated 4.5 stars by 647 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lee Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    You can pay for street parking or there are multiple public parking lots very close to the restaurant. Even better? You can ride the Old Town Trolley for free from the King Street Metro Station!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings we have live acoustic music in the wine garden.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-9867

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room with an indoor capacity of 14. Outdoors we can accommodate 25 for wine tasting and appetizers. Give us a call and we may be able to work with your needs.

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